A ban on campfires and open flames was announced by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Thursday. This just a day after Governor Kate Brown declared a statewide wildfire emergency.
All fires on campgrounds, day-use and ocean shore areas in Oregon state parks are prohibited. Liquid fuel stoves are permitted but must be attended.
Claudia Ciobanu from the parks department says the restrictions will ensure resources can go toward natural fires.
“We understand that this is an inconvenience for campers, especially those who may not see the immediate need for local fire restrictions. And we certainly appreciate the public’s patience and their willingness to support us because our interest here is to protect our natural areas.”
The length of the ban will depend on fire conditions and state officials, but is otherwise expected to last at least one week.